- Core Course: Moving images, technologies, forms, receptions
- Reading Films
- Ancient Rome on Film
- Film Exhibition
- The French New Wave
- Genre in Italian Cinema
- Hollywood Genres
- New Argentine Cinemas
- Russian Cinema: Epochs and Genres
- Theories and Practices of Film
- Weimar and Nazi Film
- Intercollegiate Modules (2013-14)
- Public Nightmares: Screening Cold War Anxieties
- Cinema and the British City
- Documentary Film and the Anthropological Eye
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Genre in Italian Cinema
Core course: ITALGF12
Credit value: 30
Course Tutors: Dr Cristina Massaccesi and Dr Lucia Rinaldi
Genres have always been important commercially to Italian cinema, and their codes and conventions, drawing on previous cultural traditions such as the commedia dell'arte, epic, melodrama and opera, were established in the pre-sound era. Many genres have not simply reflected Italian society but also played a key role in shaping the nation's identity and aspirations and in depicting the country's capacity 9or lack thereof) of adaptation to change and to social integration.
This course will look at the birth and evolution of two different cinematographic genres. It will analyse their key works and compare and contrast the way in which different directors developed their unique features and which genre elements have a local or an international appeal. Furthermore, the course will combine the discussion of the films with the necessary historical and social context and will focus on the relationship between cinema, social issues and historical conditions that formed the background and shaped the development of popular genres in Italy.
The course will be made up of ten seminars and a series of eight screenings. The films shown during the course will be in Italian with English subtitles.
Assessment: one 5,000-word essay